At the helm of a sailboat, solo, at night, plying the waters of a vast ocean; you have some time to think about things.
Often, I wonder why we, as humans, do the things we do. We all chose different paths and put our energy into such different things. Some people find comfort in faith, others science, still others chose to just care about nothing. Some are extreme athletes and others won’t take the elevator because it moves too fast.
Some people are fine sitting on the sidelines, at home, watching the tele all day. Others can’t fathom spending more than a few minutes wasting time. When I talk about my families current adventures, I hear, all the time, oh wow! That’s so exciting, that’s on my bucket list! Or, what a trip of a lifetime!
I find those phrases, most likely offered with the purest of hearts, to just be things we say and mostly empty gestures. Like, “hey! How are you?” Let’s be honest for a moment, when you ask someone how they are, nine times out of ten you’ve moved on to what you’re going to say next before they’ve had a chance to tell you how they are. We don’t live in the moment. We live so wrapped up inside our own heads that we don’t always see what is happening around us. Most of the time, what is happening around is that we are letting life slip by. One life to live. That’s it.
I don’t have a bucket list. I don’t have a trip of a lifetime.
Those are too temporal for me. Every trip is the trip of a lifetime because that could be the last trip I go on. We are halfway across the Pacific and I’m already thinking about what the next adventure will be…how to continue the Adventures of Stay Gold. A bucket list insinuates that we have time to do things before we die. We don’t. We only have one life and it’s fleeting. It’s gone before we know we even have it. Today is your life. Tomorrow may never come.
Spend today watching the tele. Or spend today working towards your life’s goal. The choice is yours and yours alone. You are the captain of your ship. Make it happen.
Hellen Keller said “security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
Be afraid of stepping out and expect to never leave the spot you’re standing on.
If you’re one of those people who are comfortable sitting on the couch watching sitcoms and can be happy with that; more power to you.
But, if you, in your heart, know there is something you want to do with your life and are searching for the courage to step out on the road less traveled – here is your chance. If I can take a boat, over the course of a year and half and get it ready to sail across the Pacific, then actually execute that voyage – you can do whatever is in your heart. There is nothing in me that you don’t have. You just have to make it happen.
What is in your heart, your expedition, your voyage, that you want to make happen? Leave a comment and let us know. We are here cheering you on!
Until then, Stay Gold.